Report on the Task Force on Political Rights and Responsibilities – 1967

1. It is recommended that the Bill of Rights for Women, including the amendment to Section VII, be adopted.

2. NOW members should not only register and vote but become active in a political party at local, state and national levels. NOW members should be willing to cross party lines in order to elect candidates who have accepted our goals.

3. Immediate priority should be given to getting the Bill of Rights for Women into the hands of the platform committees and the leading candidates of the major political parties. Each NOW chapter should endeavor to get women elected to the party conventions.

4. NOW should encourage women who hold elected offices to join our organization and/or to advocate the Bill of Rights for Women. The Bill should be distributed to other women’s organizations, to civil rights groups and to the churches for their support.

5. The task force strongly urges that women in NOW who work within the Women’s divisions of the major political parties refrain from doing the traditional menial work of sealing envelopes, ringing doorbells and raising pin money through cocktail parties and “kaffee klatches” unless men do their share and women are proportionately represented on all committees. It is felt that this strategy could be the starting point for women’s political bargaining.

6. The task force recommends that the women’s divisions of the major political parties be eliminated and integrated fully in the party structure in the future.

7. Politicians and other public figures should be challenged to produce results in terms of NOW’s Bill of Rights for Women.

8. NOW believes that women should be equitably represented on all policy-making boards, committees, and commissions of governmental, political and tax-free quasi-public non-governmental organizations which have a bearing on the overall well-being of people.

Action Resolutions From The Task Force On Political Rights and Responsibilities

A. The task force on political rights and responsibilities recommends the adoption of the Bill of Rights for Women including the amendment to Section VII.

B. NOW members should not only register and vote, but become active in a political party at the local, state and national levels. NOW members should be willing to cross party lines in order to elect candidates who have accepted our goals.

C. Immediate priority should be given to getting the Bill of Rights for Women into the hands of the platform committees and the leading candidates of the major political parties. Each NOW chapter should endeavor to get women elected to the party conventions,

D. NOW should encourage women who hold elected office to join our organization and/or advocate the Bill of Rights for Women. The Bill should be distributed to other women’s organizations, to civil rights groups and to the churches for their support.

E. It is recommended that the women’s divisions of the political parties should be eliminated and fully integrated into the parties in the future.

F. NOW believes that women should be equitably represented on all policy-making boards, committees, and commissions of governmental, political and tax-free quasi-public non-governmental organizations which have a bearing on the overall well-being of people.